Mental Health Awareness

One in four people in the UK will experience mental health problems, at Retford United we are proud to support mental health and we are also proud to support you.

The subject of mental health in football has been described as a “stigma” in the sport, although other professional sports are also affected. Professional footballers suffer more from symptoms of depression and anxiety than the general public. In May 2017, Aaron Lennon was detained under the Mental Health Act. Police had been called to the side of a busy thoroughfare close to the M602 motorway near Salford Royal Hospital, on the outskirts of Manchester city centre, after receiving reports about a man in a precarious situation. He received treatment for a “stress-related illness”.

In March 2019 he finally spoke about the incident, and said that other players had asked him for advice. This is just one footballers story out of many that are now coming out with the problems that they have suffered with in the past or maybe still suffering with. Over 400 Professional players have accessed therapy rising from 160 in 2016 and FA Officials expect the number to double maybe treble in the coming year. But they say this good thing that players are realising its fine to admit it. Because the key factor with Mental Health is knowing that it is okay not to be okay.

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